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Sherry Dunbar headshotSherry Dunbar, MBA '17: The Business Side of Science

When she was in middle school, Sherry Dunbar, MBA '17 was fascinated with studying organisms under the microscope. By the tenth grade, she knew she wanted to study microbiology in college. Sherry’s interest in science started at a very early age thanks to her mother who majored in zoology at the University of Maryland, which is where Sherry also found herself studying. After graduating with an undergraduate degree in microbiology & immunology from UMD, she went on to get a Ph.D. in medical microbiology & immunology.

Twelve years and one Ph.D. later, Sherry began working as a Lab Director before being recruited as a Research and Development (R&D) Scientist at Luminex, a corporation that develops, manufactures, and markets biological testing technologies in the clinical diagnostic and life science industries. After many successful years, and with an interest in learning the business side of science, Sherry had the opportunity to move to the marketing side of the company as a Director of Scientific Affairs, and later the Senior Director of Global Scientific Affairs.

Read Sherry's full story.

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Shop the Maryland Smith Pop-Up Store. The Maryland Smith Office of Development and Alumni Relations is pleased to announce the launch of the Maryland Smith Pop-Up Store! Now is your chance to grab your Smith swag. From quarter-zip pullovers and t-shirts to accessories (blanket, water bottle, etc.) the Smith Pop-Up Store offers a variety of products for you to display your Smith pride. Shop the store!

Please note, this pop-up store is only open for a limited time. All orders must be placed by Saturday, April 24 at 11:59 pm. When the store closes, all orders will then be processed and mailed by May 14. For all international orders, shipping will be billed after your order has been mailed.

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The time to leverage AI in healthcare is now. The use of artificial intelligence in healthcare has already had a transformative impact on the delivery of patient care and the business of providing quality healthcare. From healthcare finance to core healthcare informatics, this one-of-a-kind, short program is designed for administrators, clinical and hospital professionals, consultants and other professionals to effectively lead the future of AI-enabled healthcare. Learn about major trends in cybersecurity, telemedicine, ethics and bias in algorithms, and clinical decision support. Register for an individual course or take the professional certificate pathway.

Have questions? Sign up for our next free virtual information session on Monday, April 12 and see complete program details on the website.

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What is Anti-Semitism? Maryland Smith and Hillel invite the UMD and Smith community to a conversation about Anti-Semitism moderated by Ari Israel, Executive Director at Maryland Hillel. Alumni panelists, Avital Kimchi '16, Associate at Blackstone, and Gabe Willis, MBA '20, Associate, Strategy and Business Development at INVISTA, will explain microaggressions and share advice on how to help build a more inclusive campus community and workplace.

We hope that you can join us on Tuesday, April 13 for this opportunity for the UMD and Smith community to come together, share and learn. Register now for What is Anti-Semitism.

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Annual Forum 2021
Register for CBG's Annual Forum. The Center for Global Business’ Annual Forum is an event occurring every spring that brings together distinguished voices from the academic, policy, diplomatic and business communities to speak on a different theme each year.

This year's 3rd Annual Forum will take place on Tuesday, April 13 from 5:00 to 6:00 pm with Kislaya Prasad, academic director of the Center for Global Business, leading a discussion with Mauro Guillén, author of 2030: How Today's Biggest Trends Will Collide and Reshape the Future of Everything. Register for the Annual Forum now!

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Don't miss the Flex MBA application deadlines. Do you have three to six years of professional experience and want to pursue your MBA without leaving the workforce? The Flex MBA is for you! We have just two application rounds left: Thursday, April 15 and Tuesday, June 1, so schedule a 1:1 conversation with a representative from one of our three convenient campus locations (Baltimore, MD, Rockville, MD and Washington, DC) to learn more.

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Help us welcome University of Maryland President, Darryll Pines. Celebrate the installation of Dr. Darryll J. Pines as the 34th President of the University of Maryland with a week of events showcasing the University of Maryland’s greatness. Campus-wide festivities will explore Dr. Pines’ vision for the future of Maryland and celebrate our fearless community. Learn more about the events, share your well wishes to the President and submit a photo for the mosaic collage on the inauguration website. Be sure to RSVP to the inauguration week events by Thursday, April 15.
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Experience being an EMBA for a day. The Smith Executive MBA is designed with seasoned professionals in mind. Learn more about what this program can do for you by attending our virtual EMBA for a Day on Saturday, May 1. You'll hear from our career coach and a panel of alumni, as well as learn more about our executive coaching program and participate in a mini-class taught by one of our top-ranked faculty. EMBA for a Day only takes place once a year, so don't miss it. Register today!
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Thank you for making Giving Day 2021 a success. In just 24 hours, your enthusiasm and generosity made this one of our biggest, most successful Giving Days ever! The incredible support you’ve shown will fuel transformative classroom experiences, timely and relevant research conducted by our faculty, enhance student opportunities and provide student scholarships to future business leaders, entrepreneurs and bright young minds.

“I am sincerely humbled by the incredible participation,” said Maryland Smith Dean Prabhudev Konana. “Giving Day 2021 demonstrates the wide base of support for Maryland Smith. There is much for which we can be proud.”

On behalf of our students, our faculty, and the entire Maryland Smith community, thank you for making such a powerful impact. Gifts are accepted to the Robert H. Smith School of Business 365 days a year, to support Smith Terps, please make your gift here.

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Terps Helping Terps Apr 2021
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April 12  AI for Healthcare Certificate Program Information Session
April 13  Smith Alumni Solidarity Series: What is Anti-Semitism?
April 13  Center for Global Business Annual Forum: The Future of Everything
April 19-24  President Pines Inauguration Week
April 24  Maryland Day 2021
May 1  EMBA for a Day
May 4  Pitch Dingman - Save the Date
May 18  Smith Faculty Webinar: The Pitfalls of a Zero-Sum Mindset
Alumni Association Webinars  Check the AA calendar for additional events with fellow Terps
Past Webinars  View all of our Maryland Smith alumni past webinars
Bootstrapped Podcast  Listen to all of the Dingman Center's past episodes
Distinguished Speaker Series in International Business  Catch up on the Center for Global Business's past episodes
Global Pulse  Watch the Center for Global Business's past recordings
The Inc Tank Podcast  Listen to all of the Snider Center's past episodes
PDC 2021 StD
Save the date for the Pitch Dingman Finals on Tuesday, May 4
Women Inspire 2021 StD
Read highlights from and watch this year's Women Inspire
Maryland Day BB
Save the date for Maryland Day on Saturday, April 24
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